Sunday night, the Grammy Awards hit the Staples Center, with the record industry honoring the best music of the past year — at least the best music that sold records.
Ratings for the event's CBS broadcast were down last year, from 40 million to 28 million viewers, but that seems largely due to 2012 drawing a huge number following Whitney Houston's death. Last year still had almost 2 million more viewers than in 2011.
Still, the show can be polarizing, with those who aren't as into the current music scene feeling disconnected from the show — many of the commenters who posted about the Grammys on KPCC's Facebook page noted how little interest they had in the program. Here are the things worth watching the show for.
1. Memorable duets
The Grammys serve as a place for performers to duet, often in surprising combinations, to deliver one-of-a-kind team-ups. Elton John played a part in two of the most famous, performing alongside Eminem following Em being criticized for being anti-gay:
The popular "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" podcast, hosted by NPR "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn and comedian Jordan Morris, is taping a live show this Saturday here in Los Angeles. Lots of podcasts do that, but Jordan and Jesse are upping the stakes by recording the show from inside the historic USS Iowa battleship.
Thorn explained to KPCC in an email how this event on the high (docked) seas came into being.
"We had a listener email us about something completely unrelated, and at the end of the email, he said 'and incidentally, I'm the events director of a battleship, so if you ever want to do something...' And we ignored everything else he was emailing about and just honed right in on the battleship part," Thorn wrote.
Tickets are $20, or $35 if you want a tour of the ship, with the proceeds going to Swords To Plowshares. It's a non-profit, founded in 1974, that benefits veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the organization, they serve 2,000 veterans every year.
Photo by Steve Johnson via Flickr Creative Commons
Egging houses has long been a rite of passage for many young people, but egging can come at a cost, especially in a ritzy neighborhood — Justin Bieber's neighbor, whose house Bieber allegedly egged, may have suffered $20,000 worth of damage, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The damage from just one egg can be significant, according to Popular Mechanics. Cleaning off egg can be difficult and even cause more damage.
Pat Curtis, a professor at Auburn University and director of the National Egg Processing Center, tells Popular Mechanics that it's important to use warm water to clean egged surfaces.
Other important points when cleaning an egged home, as reported by Popular Mechanics:
- Remove the egg as quickly as possible
- Wet the siding below the egged area
- Spray the siding above the egg to flush it off with a sheet of water
- Use a high-alkaline detergent — higher than common household detergents
Veronica Mars (2014) (via YouTube)
The official theatrical trailer for the Veronica Mars movie. "Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery."
"Veronica Mars" is set to hit theaters March 14, a year after the attempt to resurrect the beloved but short-lived teen detective drama was funded by a record-setting $5.7 million Kickstarter campaign, and its first full trailer just hit the Web.
The trailer features the spacious KPCC studios at 31 seconds in, with what appears to be Piz in a blurry appearance in the background.
The trailer tells the story of Veronica Mars, the once teen private detective (as seen in three seasons on UPN and The CW), now a New York lawyer who gets pulled back into her old life thanks to ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls being accused of murder. She heads back home to our fair state and the fictional community of Neptune.
The project drew mixed feelings from supporters excited to be part of the return of a beloved franchise, with others upset about individuals being asked to pre-support a movie being put out by a big Hollywood studio. "Scrubs" star and "Garden State" mastermind Zach Braff received a lot of that blowback, raising $3.1 million to fund a new film, "Wish I Was Here."
A screenshot from HowardCantour.com before the trailer for the film was deleted.
"Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf's 12-minute short film "HowardCantour.com" went viral on Monday, but wasn't up long before the Internet figured out that it bore a striking resemblance to a comic short story written by Daniel Clowes, creator of "Ghost World" and other graphic stories.
On Tuesday, LaBeouf tweeted an apology — which critics quickly pounced on as also possibly plagiarized — while Clowes himself considered his legal options, his longtime editor Eric Reynolds told BuzzFeed.
"His apology is a non-apology, absolving himself of the fact that he actively misled, at best, and lied, at worst, about the genesis of the film," Reynolds said. "He implied authorship in the film credits itself, and has gone even further in interviews. He clearly doesn’t get it, and that’s disturbing. I’m not sure if it’s more disturbing that he plagiarized, or that he could rationalize it enough to think it was OK and that he might actually get away with it. Fame clearly breeds a false sense of security."